What is a Mana Ability?

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I am asking because Azorius Guildmage cannot counter a mana ability, and was wondering what one was, post examples please!
mana abilities are abilities that generate mana, do not target and are not loyalty abilities

for example

Island
Iron Myr
Gauntlet of Power

NOT mana abilities:

Deathrite Shaman
Koth of the Hammer
Desperate Ritual
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The reason mana abilities cannot be countered is that they don't use the stack.
A small addition: in order for a triggered ability to be a mana ability, it must trigger only on the activation of a mana ability. Su-Chi doesn't have a mana ability.
Example: Pristine Talisman has a mana ability with lifegain tacked on, so the whole ability can't be countered by the Guildmage (fun fact) same goes for the card draw from Chromatic Sphere
The reason mana abilities cannot be countered is that they don't use the stack.


Indeed, it's not even Azorius Guildmage's fault. What is written there is in italics, and what is in italics on a card is not part of that card's text. It's just there as a logical reminder: mana abilities don't use the stack, it is thus impossible to target one, because that is done on the stack.

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